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Man Appears In Court Charged With Damaging Luke Kelly Statue

Niall Colbert
Niall Colbert

2:13 PM - 14 Jul 2020



A man has appeared in court in relation to the vandalism of a Luke Kelly statue in Dublin City.

Michael Dunne, of Sophia Housing Project, Sean McDermott St in Dublin 1, was granted bail on a charge of causing criminal damage to the statue on Guild Street.

The statue of Luke Kelly on Guild St in Dublin was defaced with blue paint at around 4:45pm on Sunday evening.

Just after half-past 12 yesterday afternoon, 47-year-old Michael Dunne was arrested in relation to the investigation.

Garda David Kelly of Store St Garda Station told Dublin District Court it will be alleged clothing seized from Mr Dunne's home matched the clothing worn by the suspect on CCTV footage harvested as part of the investigation.

Judge Ann Ryan granted bail to the accused with some conditions.

He was told to stay away from the Sheriff Street area and sign-on three times weekly at Store Street Garda Station.

He was also told to stay away from the two statues of Luke Kelly - the one on Guild St as well as the monument near St Stephen's Green Shopping Centre.

He's due to appear in court again on the 8th of September.

*Reporting by Andrew Lowth



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